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Blazing Silence, Detroit summit, tackles discrimination and sexual harassment in Michigan’s budding cannabis industry
As recreational cannabis sales begin in Michigan, businesses face challenges of supply, new and restrictive local ordinances and accessing capital. But they’ll also have to navigate culture issues that come with legitimacy, and workers are starting to share stories of unfair treatment.  Jess Jackson, Detour Detroit Emerging Voices fellow, will host the Blazing Silence summit
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The revamped Detroit bookmobile is bringing the library to residents, computers and all
The Detroit Public Library is expanding outreach and offerings with the Mobile Library, building on the 79-year-old bookmobile program.
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A Detroit photojournalist returns home to share these agonizing photos of the refugee crisis
The latest gallery show from the Detroit-based writer and documentarian showcases his most emotional work yet -- the stories and photographs Karpov collected during four years abroad working with refugees on the Mediterranean Sea.
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Hear ‘Homewreckers’ Aaron Glantz discuss the kingpins and crooked banks that swindled Detroit
The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Aaron Glantz is headed to Detroit for a discussion about his new book, “HOMEWRECKERS: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.” Sarah Alvarez, Executive Editor of Outlier Media, will moderate the
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Artist Cassie Thornton is giving Detroiters alternative credit reports, because subprime isn’t a character trait
Artist Cassie Thornton is helping Detroiters create alternative credit reports that show a more holistic picture than just a low credit score.
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Challenge yourself at a discussion on neighborhood relations between Black Detroiters and new white residents 
How can white residents who are new to Detroit responsibly enter historically Black communities, and how can longtime residents cope with changes to their neighborhoods? Rhonda J. Smith is tackling this complex and urgent topic in her journalism and community engagement practice as a Detour Detroit fellow, bringing together her reporting and personal knowledge for
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